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Last Chance to See: Return of the Rhino

Last Chance to See: Return of the Rhino (BBC2, Sunday 31 October 2010, 8pm)

There was one species conspicuous in its absence in last October's Last Chance to See: the northern white rhino. Though the northern white rhino was declared extinct in the wild in 2008, Mark and Stephen Fry hoped to search for the species in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the last place it was seen in 2006. But they couldn’t enter the war-torn country.

The producers had a big response from viewers wanting to know more, so this follow-up was commissioned. Even in captivity the northern white rhino is extremely rare: two in San Diego Zoo and six in Dvůr Králové Zoo, Czech Republic. Mark and Stephen went to the Czech Republic to bring four of them to Ol Pejeta Conservancy, Kenya (including Sudan, a male who was born in the wild, so it was like taking him home). The film follows the rhinos’ journey from a freezing Czech Republic in the cargo hold of a 747 to the sanctuary of their proper habitat. Includes worrying conservation information about how rhinos are experiencing the worst poaching in Africa and Asia for the past 15 years.

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